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President Duterte signs ‘controversial’ Anti-Terror Bill into law

The controversial anti-terror bill has been signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. This was confirmed by Presidential spokesman Harry Roque in a text message to reporters on Friday.

Despite the massive cry to reconsider signing the aforementioned, President Duterte has already signed the controversial bill.

The anti-terror bill seeks to strengthen the Human Security Act of 2007. This is also to criminalize incitement of terrorism “by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, banners, or other representations.”

This bill would also allow the suspects to be detained for up to 24 days without charge. Furthermore, the anti-terror bill would empower an anti-terrorism council to designate suspects or groups as suspected terrorists who could be subjected to arrest and surveillance.

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